Planning permission

The next Planning Committee meeting is on Tuesday 5 February and the schedule of planning applications will be published on the Council’s website www.ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk/planning on 23 January.

When you'll need planning permission
The type of work you intend to carry out will determine if you need planning permission or building regulation approval.


How to apply for planning permission 
Application forms are available in two ways:

  • you can print the form and complete it by hand or type your application and then print
    Download an application form  
  • you can call into our public office on Church Street in Newtownards and collect an application form

Contacting a Registered Architect

If you are considering employing an architect, ensure they are registered with the Architects’ Registration Board – the statutory body which maintains the Register listing every architect in the UK.

Here is the link to the Architects' Register.

Returning your application for planning permission

For your application to be processed it must be accompanied by the appropriate fee and relevant supporting documentation

Application fees
You can pay your fee:

  • by cheque made payable to Ards and North Down Borough Council
  • by debit or credit card, in person, at our planning offices or over the phone

Completed application forms and fees can be submitted

  • by post (please enclose a cheque made payable to Ards and North Down Borough Council)
  • in person at our public office

 You can't pay a planning application fee or apply for planning permission online.

Development following planning approval – CDM Regulations

Once planning permission has been granted, the development should be carried out in compliance with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (NI) 2016 issued by the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland.”